While Mother Nature might have nixed their plans for an outdoor wedding mere days before the big event, Kenzie Madelyn Biggins and Johan Jean couldn’t have imagined a better outcome. The newlyweds tied the knot Oct. 28, 2017, with a traditional Episcopal ceremony in the oh-so-vogue setting of the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta. Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design, the museum was then hosting a dazzling exhibit of couture gowns by acclaimed designer Guo Pei that served as a spectacular backdrop for their celebration.
Rustic cross-back chairs, planters brimming with wildflowers and a natural wood chuppah adorned with white flowers set the scene for the weekend destination wedding ceremony of Kaitlin (Katie) Ivy Schwartz and Zachary (Zach) Blake Rosen on August 12, 2017. The Changing Lanes string quartet played as Cathy and Steven Schwartz escorted their daughter down the aisle at Blue Sky Utah, a secluded luxury resort just outside Park City, Utah.
Stephanie Elizabeth Stadnick and Aidan Thomas Hall were united in marriage June 4, 2017, in a romantic outdoor ceremony at Flint Hill in Norcross, with 100 guests in attendance. An indoor reception followed in the Antebellum-era mansion on the grounds of the property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The setting was steeped in Southern charm, with lovely floral arrays.
Surrounded by blue skies and a scenic sweep of nature, Ashley Hickam Cook and Timothy Nicholas John were united in marriage Oct. 1, 2016, at Rustix Manor in Woodstock, professing their love in a beautiful ceremony held outside a hillside chapel. “It was the perfect setting,” said Ashley, who walked down the grass aisle in an elegant lace gown by Love Marley.
Natalia Franco and Dr. Juan Camacho were united in marriage Feb. 25, 2017, in an outdoor garden ceremony in Cajicá, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Both the setting and service were dazzling, captivating the 200 guests in attendance. “The most beautiful moment was when we recited the vows that we wrote for each other,” said Natalia, who wore a Pronovias mermaid-style gown.
Ellen Perry Macadam and Matthew James Sleeman were united in marriage Aug. 20, 2016, with a beautiful ceremony at Northside Methodist Church in Atlanta. The bride dazzled in a lace sheath gown by Robert Bullock, with a cathedral-length veil. A reception followed at the elegantly rustic Summerour Studio with dinner and dancing for the 175 guests in attendance.
Laura “Kate” Carruth and Stuart Buchanan Dalton were united in marriage Nov. 5, 2016, at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. The traditional black-tie ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Bill Britt, with 300 guests in attendance. “Our wedding ceremony was everything we hoped it would be,” said Kate, who walked down the aisle in a custom bridal gown by Modern Trousseau from The White Magnolia and a veil by Sara Gabriel.
Amanda Catherine Swartz and Alexandre Thiriez were united in marriage Oct. 1, 2016, at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, with 200 guests in attendance. “The ceremony was beautiful,” said Amanda, who was luminous in a Lazaro gown with a veil and sheer lace bolero by Rodica Lazarian. “Everyone was ‘present’ and you could feel the love that surrounded us.”
Paul Hagedorn and Dr. Julie Levine brought the joie de vivre to their Atlanta wedding celebration this fall. After exchanging vows in an intimate, private ceremony, the newlyweds hosted a fabulous reception for family and friends at Tongue & Groove, which was transformed into a Parisian nightclub reminiscent of Matignon, where the couple had the time of their lives on a two-week engagement trip.
Having already granted their parents’ wish for a religious ceremony back home in Atlanta, Dr. Nadia Esfandiarinia and Amir Abbassi were free to have the ceremony-of-their-dreams on the beach. The two tied the knot May 5, 2016, at the Paradisus Palma Real Golf Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
A day of magical enchantment unfolded at Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville this spring, when Jessica Lee Singleton and Ryan Phillip Gosnell were united in marriage April 9 in the storybook setting of the historic manor house ruins.
Professing their love in the splendor of a summer vineyard, Bailey Reid Anders and John Richard Meyne Jr. were united in marriage August 8, 2015, at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega. The day dawned on a hillside overlook, where the bride and groom swapped gifts and shared a few quiet moments, and ended with a late-night sparkler send-off filled with hugs and warm wishes from family and friends.